Australia’s Simon Patmore has taken gold in the opening day of the IPC Para-snowboard World Cup in Pyha, Finland overnight in snowboard-cross.

Patmore emerged as the winner in the men’s SB-UL, which was his first victory this season after taking runner-up in banked slalom at the first World Cup in Treble Cone, New Zealand.

He crossed the finish line ahead of France’s Worlds silver medalist Maxime Montaggioni.

“I’m super stoked about my performance and I’m super stoked that all the other riders did well too,” Patmore said.

The Pyha World Cup is the first time snowboarders are racing in boarder-cross this season ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in March, and the results on Friday showed anything can happen in less than 100 days’ time.

Australia’s Joany Badenhorst also finished on the podium, taking home a bronze medal behind an undefeated Lisa Bunschoten (Netherlands) and Brittani Coury (USA).

It was a strong performance from Ben Tudhope as well who finished in ninth place.

By Ski and Snowboard Australia

Posted: 4/12/2017